CMA1755 Principal Adviser - Advocacy, Nations and External Relations Team

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 30th January 2023



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£53,527 - £60,599

Job grade

Grade 7

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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London (Canary Wharf), Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise and knowledge of economics and markets, working for the public good in a world leading organisation that is passionate about protecting consumers and keeping markets competitive.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are looking for a Principal Adviser to join the Advocacy, Nations and External Relations team. The Advocacy, Nations and External Relations team is the CMA’s centre for stakeholder engagement, providing advice to governments and devolved administrations on how to harness competition and promote the interests of consumers.

Job description

As a Principal Adviser in the Advocacy, Nations and External Relations team, you will play a key role, sitting at the nexus between policy development and economic analysis, building trusted relationships with government officials, and advising on the impact of policy on competition, consumers and markets.

You will also have opportunities to apply your expertise and knowledge of economics and markets – and that of colleagues from across the CMA – to policy questions; and to play a critical role in delivering on the CMA’s Annual Plan commitment to advocate in the consumer interest on regulatory, policy and legislative matters.

Person specification

  • Lead the delivery of informal and formal economic analysis, advice and support to government on the impact of current and future policy (including regulation, law and other interventions) on competition, consumers and markets.
  • Conduct research of markets where government policies stand to affect consumers and competition, and lead others to do so.
  • Develop and deliver effective plans to promote awareness among officials and elected representatives (in central, devolved and local governments) of how government action can affect competition and consumer outcomes, through a range of approaches, including: training, published guidance, submissions to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries.
  • Present the CMA position, both orally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences including stakeholders with non-technical and specialist backgrounds.
  • Support colleagues across the CMA to identify opportunities to advise government that might arise from their work; and assist them in devising strategies to manage associated risks and opportunities that come from engaging with government on policy questions.
  • Build trusted relationships with key officials in government departments, and develop networks with wider stakeholders, to help build awareness in government of the CMA’s work, and of its advocacy role.
  • Promote and maintain awareness of the CMA’s casework; proactively identify and capitalise on opportunities that might arise to support and advise government; and follow up on formal recommendations made by the CMA to Government.
  • Work with colleagues across the CMA, including the Office of the Chief Economic Advisor and project teams, to ensure that relevant knowledge and expertise from colleagues across the organisation is brought to bear on our support and advice to government.


An undergraduate degree with the successful completion of at least 50% of modules in economics; or a master’s in economics; or demonstrable equivalent knowledge acquired through professional experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Applied Economics

As well as the interesting and varied work you’ll do to contribute to effective competition in the UK, and to ensure consumers get a good deal when buying goods and services, you’ll also benefit from:

  • An exceptionally generous pension scheme with a significant employer contribution and range of options, including a tax-free lump sum at the point of retirement and injury, ill-health and life assurance benefits
  • 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years), plus 8 public holidays and an additional day off for the King’s birthday. In addition, you’ll be able to access a wide range of other types of leave as and when you need it, including generous maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and adoption options, as well as paid special leave for volunteering
  • Season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, flu vaccinations and eye tests
  • Access to the Civil Service Sports & Leisure, giving discounted gym membership, high street discounts, free access to UK wide attractions and a free Tastecard
  • A range of wellbeing benefits, including an employee assistance programme, flexible working options and family friendly policies, regular networking events and professional learning opportunities at work

Any move to the CMA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Like many other organisations, we operate a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. We work at least 50% of our time from our office locations across the UK.

If you’re already a civil servant being appointed on level transfer, you’ll retain your existing terms, including annual leave. If you are being promoted you’ll receive either a 10% pay increase or the new grade minimum, whichever is the greater. Applicants new to the civil service can be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the starting point indicated above, but not more than the advertised mid-point, depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications.

We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We want a diverse workforce that reflects the consumers we serve. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.  

We are an accredited Disability Confident Employer and disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, personal statement and an online application form. Further details about application requirements are listed on the application form.

The selection process will comprise of the sift (CV & application review) and an interview. Arrangements for the interview will be enclosed in the invitation. Interviews will be conducted virtually by Microsoft Teams, or in-person at a CMA office.

Please note that it is essential that your personal statement is aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and experience for each of the following selection criteria (as included on the role profile) in your application:

  • Demonstrable expertise in applying economic concepts to policy appraisal and evaluation.
  • A strong understanding of government policy priorities, the processes by which policy and law is made and implemented and how it can affect market outcomes.
  • Ability to acquire, at speed, a detailed knowledge of unfamiliar markets or policy areas.
  • Ability to balance multiple competing and changing demands, use initiative, and make informed judgements.
  • Experience in communicating and presenting complex material to a range of audiences, from non-technical to specialist, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience of working collaboratively, building effective relationships with colleagues and senior decision makers, and delivering in partnership with other organisations or departments with related goals or responsibilities.
  • An undergraduate degree with the successful completion of at least 50% of modules in economics; or a master’s in economics; or demonstrable equivalent knowledge acquired through professional experience.

The sift will take place week commencing 1 February 2023.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview. You will be notified via email to log-in to your Civil Service Account and book your interview slot. You will be sent an email with full details of your arrangements for interview.

Interviews will be held week commencing 6 February 2023

The first part of the interview will comprise an in-tray exercise for which no preparation is required. The second part of the interview will be a 45 minute -1 hour panel interview where you will be asked questions based on the Behaviours, Experience and Technical elements outlined in the role profile.  

Reasonable adjustments

We want to make sure no one is at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process.

For example, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you are deaf, a Language Service Professional. You might also require additional time to complete a timed assessment or a sign language interpreter to support with the relaying of information.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Suruthi Thavarasa
  • Email :
  • Telephone : 0208 738 6808

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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